Oscar-winning costume designer Emi Wada dies at 84

The great movie costume designer, born Emiko Noguchi on March 18, 1937 in Japan, died at the age of 84. She received an Oscar in 1986 which rewarded her work on Ran by Akira Kurosawa.

In 1986, she received an Oscar, the supreme Hollywood award, for having masterfully designed the costumes for the film. Ran directed by an undisputed master of the seventh art, Akira Kurosawa. The great costume designer Emi Wada passed away on November 13, 2021. She was 84 years old. The family, who gave the information of his disappearance to Reuters, did not specify the causes of death.

Born Emiko Noguchi in Japan on March 18, 1937, attended the Kyoto City University of the Arts. Before working for the cinema, she began to hone her mastery of costume design for theater troupes and dance companies in her native country.

Inspirational designer for master Kurozawa

In 1986, she reached her Grail by receiving the Oscar for the most beautiful costumes she designed for the film. Ran from Kurosawa. Recognized then worldwide, she will work with renowned filmmakers like Peter Greenaway (Prospero’s Books in 1991, 8 ½ women in 1999), or Zhang Yimou (Hero in 2002, House of Flying Daggers in 2004).

Tireless, dedicated to her art of costume making, at 80 years old, Emi Wada was still one of Ann Hui’s essential collaborators on the film Love after love, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2020.

Ran by Kurosawa in 1985, costumes signed by Emi Wada


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